Science has proved it: hobbies make us happier, and you can never have too many. Mom has umpteen hobbies. One of these Mother’s Day gifts will bring her to umpteen-and-one.
1. A jar for making kimchi, sauerkraut, and even fermented salsa.
Foodie mom has never fermented? With this crock, she can “cook” vegetables with a 10,000 year-old technique.
2. A book for preserving memories of her new favorite events.
Mom’s always loved baseball and the blues. Get her this, and some opera tix. Bravo! Soon her stubs will be half Italian.
3. An insulated bottle that keeps water cold and the phone handy.
Mom wants to start lifting? With this handy bottle, she can swig H2O while she taps in her stats.
4. A kit to make three lovely, long-burning, lavender soy candles.
She tends to burn the candle at both ends, but she’s never made one. Here’s a gift to feed a new DIY flame.
5. A sound mixer that turns a phone into a portable party-making machine.
It’s never too late to achieve superstardom. With this mixer, MC Mom-a-rama can flow dope rhymes over her own sick beats.
6. Candles that conjure up classic books with evocative scents.
Mom studied biochem, but always wanted to catch up with the English majors, book-wise. These candles, inspired by literary landmarks, will put her in the mood, bigtime.
7. A journal with prompts for chronicling interstate sojourns.
8. A boffo bucket list of cinema sensations to scratch off one by one.
She was busy watching you all those years, not masterpieces of world cinema. Now there’s time for a new obsession she can track with a scratch: gorging on the great films canon.
9. A pretty and practical stoneware home for sewing notions.
This spool-shaped caddy will give her the itch to stitch.
10. Close up, painted portraits of feathered friends’ faces.
Mom always said she’d take up birdwatching when she reached “a certain age.” Hanging out with these artistic tweeters is the first step.
11. A handmade stoneware palette for painting watercolor masterpieces.
Mom’s got talent! At least, she hopes she does. When she takes up painting with Leslie Nieto’s stoneware palette, she can find out.
12. A kit that makes almost easy to make Pinot Grigio as it is to drink it.
Mom knows so much about wine, she’s practically a sommelier (does that make her a so-mom-elier?). But she’s never made her own. Now she will.
13. A crème de la crème assortment of delicious heirloom produce seeds.
Mom’s a flower gardening whiz who aspires to try her hand at produce. Give her this kit and watch her smile sprout.
14. Everything she needs to start embroidering, in a handy tin box.
Mom can stitch up a storm. (Literally, she once needlepointed a blizzard scene from Little House on the Prairie.) With this, she’ll master another needle art.
15. Jewelry + tools = Tulry, a stylish necklace that’s also a set of useful tools.
Mom’s always been the little-black-dress-at-a-cocktail-party type. With this functional finery, she’ll find her inner handywoman.
16. A multitasking camp stove that burns twigs and leaves to cook food and charge phones.
Mom has fourteen pairs of heels—and one unused pair of hiking boots she’s been thinking about breaking in. Make her a happy camper with this state-of-the-art outdoor appliance that makes roughing it not so rough.